By Anne Allred


- A Metro East native has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Reginald Hudlin, an Assumption High School graduate, is one of the producers of the Quentin Tarantino film, 'Django Unchained,' which was nominated for Best Picture Thursday morning.

Hudlin said he thinks about his roots for inspiration.

"Will my friends back home enjoy this? Will they be excited about this? So I always carry the Metro East with me whatever I'm doing, wherever I go," said Hudlin.

Hudlin is only the fourth African-American to be nominated in this category. The Oscars will be broadcast February 24.